Secretary Ms. Kathleen Burgess
Department of Public Service
3 Empire Plaza
Albany,New York 12223-1350
Dear Ms. Burgess, Stop Smart Meters Woodstock NY does not object to our neighbors having any kind of electronics in or on their homes. Our objections relate specifically to when those electronic devices emit toxic substances (such as pulsing microwave radiation) that have been classified a class 2B carcinogen by the World Health Organization, and can cause other adverse health effects when it is transmitted into and around our living spaces. Most people would not object to an electronic device, such as an AM/FM radio, unless that radio is blasted into their living spaces, at which time, they would most likely object.
We, as citizens, possess inalienable right guaranteed by the United States Constitution, which allow us to be "secure in our homes", included but not limited to, living free from dangerous toxins transmitted into the place we call home. The United States Code Title 18, Section 242, indicates it is a crime for “Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States”. (https://www.justice.gov/crt/deprivation-rights-under-color-law).
Pulsing microwave transmitting digital utility meters emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR), which is a toxic substance. Those living in broadcast range of EMR can potentially get adversely affected in a variety of ways, as demonstrated by the thousands of current scientific, peer-reviewed studies.
Smart Meter manufacturers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Public Service Commission (PSC), arguably acting in collusion with each other, ignore all the current scientific, peer-reviewed studies, and in doing so, are practicing willful blindness to the public’s reasonable health concerns.
Furthermore, the PSC erroneously adheres to FCC guidelines, which have been deemed inadequate by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a letter dated July 16th, 2002 stating "The generalization by many that the (FCC) guidelines protect human beings from harm by any or all mechanisms is not justified." (Page 2, Top Paragraph - (http://nebula.wsimg .com/4c0f61dc30c3d6bb27d90f53a 57c616e?AccessKeyId=045114F8E0 676B9465FB&disposition=0& alloworigin=1)
The FCC has no health professional employees on staff nor are they qualified to assess health impacts. The FCC only considers shock or burn effects when establishing their guidelines regarding this issue and does not consider biological effects. Perhaps the PSC would take the initiative to read the report by Harvard Law School/Ethics Dept. entitled "Captured Agency" (http://ethics.harvard.edu/files/center-for-ethics/files/capturedagency_alster.pdf).
This will enable a better understanding the fix we are in and comprehend why potentially dangerous wireless devices, such as pulsing microwave transmitting digital utility meters are entering the commercial marketplace and why masses of people nationwide are registering complaints with their local PSC and Utility Company.
On the contrary, there have been no complaints of health effects of electro-mechanical analog utility meters for over 50 years, such as that which we are seeing with the pulsing, microwave transmitting digital meters. Why then, is the PSC ignoring these most obvious facts and holding a “technical conference” to assess their viability? Has not time and use of electro-mechanical meters already proven this?
Presently, two-thirds of the people who use the services of Central Hudson/Fortis have electro-mechanical analog utility meters. These meters are replaced gradually. These retired electro-mechanical analog utility meters could very easily be refurbished and put back into use, exactly as other states have done and are presently continuing to do (and such as Central Hudson used to do if our information is correct). This would enable those utility customers that ask for a non-transmitting digital meter to obtain one and those utility customers that wish to obtain a re-manufactured electro-mechanical analog meter to also be able to make that choice.
It seems as though the “technical conference” being proposed by the PSC is being setup in order to create an “either/or” scenario.
In retrospect, Hialeah Meter Company has been in business for 43 years and their electro-mechanical analog meters are approved for use in California, meeting their Type A, Evaluation Certification required, and their on-site testing is the strictest in the country. All the documents confirming these facts have already been submitted to the PSC and to the DPS website several months ago. Hialeah Meter Company, a certified General Electric (GE) retailer, could easily refurbish Central Hudson/Fortis retired meters periodically and easily supply an opt-out program for Central Hudson/Fortis opt-out applicants.
Stop Smart Meters Woodstock NY is the author of the "People’s Resolution" currently being deliberated on by the PSC and is at the heart of this issue. It is Stop Smart Meters Woodstock NY who has gathered the 1,000+ signees petition demanding an analog meter opt-out choice representing these people’s interests.
Stop Smart Meters Woodstock NY has chosen not to participate in a technical conference that is obviously leaning towards Industry, as the makeup of the conference expresses.
Stop Smart Meters Woodstock NY continues to demand that the will of the people be honored, and that available ANSI approved, electro-mechanical analog utility meters be supplied to the people who use utility company services and who choose an analog opt-out. We oppose any biased based technology panel conclusions, which are made up mostly of Wireless Industry personnel, and which will put forth all the reasons why it is “okay” and “safe” to continue to radiate entire neighborhoods with a documented toxic substance classified as a possible 2B carcinogen (by the World Health Organization) -- the same classification that was given to Lead, Benzene and DDT. This same Wireless Industry continues to ignore thousands of the latest peer-reviewed scientific studies that say EMR is harmful to the health of human beings. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0891061815000599), (http://www.justproveit.net/studies) (http://www.bioinitiative.org/)
On the contrary, the fact remains, there are no current peer-reviewed studies that say pulsing microwave digital transmitting utility meters (which emit EMR) are safe for men, women, children, the unborn and people with pacemakers.
Regarding the opt-out program; it simply doesn't work in apartments, condominiums or close housing type situations. A prime example of this is the new apartment complex called “Woodstock Commons” (located Leslie Way & Adler Court in Woodstock, NY). This is a low income community of approximately 250 people with over 50 separate units (approximately 4 units per block). Many of these people signed our petition demanding a free, electro-mechanical analog meter opt-out. Most of these people simply cannot afford opt-out fees. Furthermore, there is no real opt-out for the people who live in this complex who can afford the opt-out option, as everyone else living at Woodstock Commons and many other apartment complexes, will still have a neighbor’s pulsing microwave transmitting digital ERT utility meter, located as close (and in some cases closer then) as a person who has an opt-out meter installed on their own dwelling. The opt-out applicant will most likely be choosing the opt-out for health reasons, yet they will be surrounded by pulsing microwave transmitting digital ERT utility meters. In that very real situation, the opt-out choice simply does not make logical sense and will not be a solution for those people.
We at Stop Smart Meters Woodstock NY, do hereby demand the right to have an electro-mechanical analog utility meter as an opt-out choice! We also oppose the deployment approval and use of electronic digital utility meters that emit toxic substances (EMR) from neighbor’s homes into our homes when close proximity is a factor. Stop Smart Meters Woodstock NY protests the attempt by the utility company, namely Central Hudson/Fortis, to place on the backs of people who use their services, the cost of meter reading, in the form of an opt-out fee. Historically, this has always been the cost of doing business for the Utility. Central Hudson/Fortis has, in fact, “opted in” the people who use their utility services, without their knowledge or their willing consent. Surely, Central Hudson/ Fortis is responsible for any meter reading costs, covered by an “opt out” fee and therefore should continue to pay these costs, as they have always previously paid before.
For all the above reasons, we at Stop Smart Meters Woodstock NY abstain from attending the proposed “technical conference” in protest. We refuse to give our consent to a technical conference that is not in the best interests of the public, but instead obviously favor the interests and objectives of the Wireless Industry.
Stop Smart Meters Woodstock NY